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Changes to the Assurance System Rebate Program

By Rob Brodner, Programs Delivery Branch

March 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture has a program to support producers looking to improve their operations and keep their herds healthy by employing the best livestock handling practices.  The Assurance Rebate Program, part of the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural partnership suite of programs, helps producers participate in initiatives that enhance biosecurity and animal welfare. Interest in the program and industry feedback has shown just how important these issues are to producers. To further support the industry, we are making changes to the Assurance Rebate Program for beef cattle producers.

Effective April 1, 2019, the beef cattle Assurance Rebate Program will have two streams:

Training Stream:

The training stream provides up to $2,500 in rebates for equipment purchases. To apply for a rebate after completing only the VBP+ training a producer will:

  1. Take the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) Training online or in person at a training session.
  2. Have a licensed Saskatchewan veterinarian conduct an on-farm assessment and complete the equipment recommendation report.

Certification Stream:

The certification stream provides up to $15,000 in rebates for certification, veterinarian assessments and equipment purchases. To apply for a rebate after completing the VBP+ certification a producer will:

  1. Take the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) Training online or in person at a training session.
  2. Complete the VBP+ on-farm audit and certification.
  3. Have a licensed Saskatchewan veterinarian conduct an on-farm assessment and complete the equipment recommendation report.

Beef cattle operations who have completed VBP+ training and had a veterinarian assessment after October 11, 2018, will continue to be eligible for rebate under the current program criteria if they purchase equipment and submit a claim prior to April 1, 2019.

Other program criteria will stay the same. Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Demonstrate a minimum gross farm income of $50,000 in Saskatchewan, and
  • Have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number.

The rebate is not cumulative. The maximum rebate an applicant may receive over the life of the program is $15,000. Complete program eligibility is available on our Assurance Systems Programs pages.

For more information on VBP+ training or to book your VBP+ audit, contact the Saskatchewan VBP+ provincial coordinator at 306-859-9110 or by emailing Verified Beef Production Plus Program.

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